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Cole Holcomb has plans on how to defeat Chicago QB Mitchell Trubisky, his former college roommate

Redskins Wire logo Redskins Wire 9/20/2019 Zachary Neel
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While both the Redskins and Bears will be looking to pick up a critical victory on Monday night, there is another battle going on that could be worth paying attention to when these two teams meet on the field.

Washington's rookie linebacker, Cole Holcomb, will be facing off against his old friend and college roommate, Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago's quarterback. The two know each other well, which could be beneficial for the Redskins defense.

"He's a competitor," Holcomb said, via NBC Sports Washington. "He hates losing. He's one of those perfectionist people. Maybe if we can rattle him up a little bit, get him nervous back there, we'll be able to make some things happen with him."

This insight can only help to boost Holcomb's already high stock with the Redskins. After catching the teams' eye in training camp, the former North Carolina Tarheel has earned a starting spot on the Washington defense, and he has the second-most tackles on the team (14), tied with S Montae Nicholson, and trailing only S Landon Collins. He also leads the way with three tackles for loss.

On Monday night, he's likely to get several chances to give an aggressive greeting to Trubisky.

"Yeah, we've been texting all week," Holcomb said. "We've got a group chat with a bunch of the teammates. They're all like, 'Oh, it's Mitch vs. Cole this week. It's Mitch vs. Cole this week. What's going to happen?'"

With the Redskins' lackluster defense looking to finally put a solid game under their belt against the disappointing Chicago defense, Holcomb could leave the game having gotten the better of his old roommate. However, the Bears are also looking to get in sync, and a porous Washington secondary presents a great opportunity for that, in which case Trubisky will get the last laugh. No matter the outcome, it will be interesting to see what happens when these two old friends meet once again.

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